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Posted 10/3/17 at 4:03 PM | Mark Ellis

Elon Musk’s salvation plan for humanity

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Elon Musk at Astronautical Conference

By Mark Ellis

SpaceX founder and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk is not pinning his hopes on God’s plan for a new Heaven and a new Earth.

He is offering an astonishing and remarkably detailed Plan B: to escape the confines of Earth before the apocalypse arrives, colonize Mars, and eventually move out to other planets and stellar bodies in the far reaches of our solar system.

Musk sees two paths diverging in the years ahead. “History is going to bifurcate along two directions: One path is we stay on Earth forever, and then there will be some eventual extinction event — I don’t have an immediate doomsday prophecy — but eventually…there will be some doomsday event,” he declared.

“The alternative is to become a space-faring civilization and a multi-planet species, which I hope you agree that is the right way to go.”

He delivered these remarks in a 63-minute talk, “Making Humans a Multi-planetary Species” before the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27th. FULL POST

Posted 9/28/17 at 4:14 PM | Mark Ellis

Playboy founder had “The Purpose Driven Life” in his bedroom

Hugh Hefner

By Mark Ellis

He dressed up porn and attempted to make it respectable, flaunted a hedonistic, licentious lifestyle, exploited and objectified women, and ensnared many men in sexual addiction.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner passed to his eternal reward September 27th. He was 91.

Hefner was at the leading edge of the sexual revolution that swept through America and the world in the Sixties and Seventies, which upended Christian values and skewered societal norms.

Some Christians will be quick to say they know Hefner’s eternal destiny. If the immortal Dante’s depiction of hell is correct, Hefner may be in the infamous “second ring” of the Inferno – reserved for those overcome by lust.

Dante envisioned a place where the “bright, voluptuous sin” displayed in Hefner’s magazines and personified by his playboy lifestyle transmutes into “a howling darkness of helpless discomfort.”

In this circle, Dante found Semiramis, Dido, Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, Paris, Achilles, Tristan, and others overwhelmed by sexual love. Did Hugh Hefner join their ranks yesterday? FULL POST

Posted 9/27/17 at 2:54 PM | Mark Ellis

Head of World Jewish Congress still hoping for two-state solution

Ronald Lauder

By Mark Ellis

With ominous clouds surrounding Israel that seem like they may portend a storm, at least one prominent Jewish leader continues to promote a peace deal with the Palestinians that would elevate them to statehood.

“I believe deep in my bones that a two-state solution is still within reach,” Ronald Lauder, the head of the World Jewish Congress told the Jewish Voice.

Lauder is the former U.S. Ambassador to Austria and the youngest son of Estee Lauder. He is also known for his philanthropy in the Jewish world.

He feels a sense of urgency about such a deal, which imagines an independent State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel, west of the Jordan River. “It remains a vital national interest, not just for Israel, but for the Jewish people more broadly. Given current demographic trends, inaction is simply not an option,” he said. FULL POST

Posted 9/27/17 at 2:48 PM | Mark Ellis

Police broke all his fingers for sharing Christ

By Mark Ellis

Jatya, a pastor in southern India, is able to document eight times he was persecuted for his faith, all memorialized in old newspaper clippings he keeps in a faded envelope.

In 1992, police ordered Jatya to stop sharing Christ with others in his village. After he refused to stop, police broke all his fingers. Three years later, he was beaten and jailed for a week. Another time, a Hindu neighbor beat Jatya with a bicycle chain, according to a report by Voice of the Martyrs (VOM).

Each time Jatya was persecuted for his faith, his response was the same: he went back to the streets with his Bible sharing the Gospel of Christ. With a boldness derived from the filling of the Spirit, he feels an urgency to declare the Good News!

More recently, Jatya shared the Gospel with a young man in his village. An angry mob of radical Hindus surrounded Jatya and beat him until he lost consciousness, according to VOM.

Jatya downplayed the severity of the beating when recounting the story to VOM. He said the most important part is the young man became a follower of Jesus!

Jatya hopes that someday soon he will be able to meet the men who beat him and share Christ with them. FULL POST

Posted 9/27/17 at 2:42 PM | Mark Ellis

The value of a life born out of rape

Ethel Waters

By Mark Ellis

Can you name the woman nominated for an Emmy and an Academy Award whose birth resulted from a teen mom raped at knifepoint?

To many, the “byproduct” of such a crime would only be worthy of abortion. But Ethel Waters was born long before abortion became legal, and her life stands as a testimony to the value God places on children born out-of-wedlock – even those conceived by rape.

Her mother, Louise Anderson, was only 13 when a family acquaintance held a knife to her throat and raped her.

Sadly, Ethel’s mother was ill prepared for motherhood and neglected her daughter. So Ethel went to live with her grandmother, who worked as a housemaid.

She attended church with family members and believed in Jesus as a teen, but a searing incident caused her to drift from the Lord.

One day a rival girl attacked her savagely and clawed at her face. Ethel fought back and did not “turn the other cheek.” As she reflected later on the vicious fight, she thought she should have run from the girl. She carried a burden of guilt for many years, concluding that a Christian would not have done such a thing. FULL POST

Posted 9/27/17 at 2:32 PM | Mark Ellis

Woman narrowly missed Tennessee church shooting

Grieving congregants outside Tennessee church

By Mark Ellis

Gloria Riches, 85, never misses a Sunday at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee. But on the morning when a Sudanese immigrant shot seven people and killed one woman, Gloria was uncharacteristically absent.

“I haven’t missed a Sunday in six months,” Gloria says. “But I did not feel well.”

The pew where Gloria sits would have placed her in the path of the shooter. “God took care of me yesterday,” she says. “I would have been right there.”

She got an urgent phone call at 11:15 Sunday morning from a close friend who had just witnessed the first woman shot outside the church. “She was hysterical; as she was getting in her car, she saw someone fall in front.”

Gloria knows the alleged shooter, identified as Emanuel Samson, 25. Samson is a legal U.S. resident who came from Sudan in 1996. “He hadn’t been to church in about 3 years,” she notes. FULL POST

Posted 9/11/17 at 6:38 PM | Mark Ellis

When Dudamel’s Mozart became a bold witness for Christ

Dudamel conducting Mozart's Requiem August 24, 2017 at the Hollywood Bowl, with words translated

By Mark Ellis

On a balmy August evening at the Hollywood Bowl – a storied venue filled to the brim with people of many faiths and no faith – Conductor Gustavo Dudamel became an evangelist of sorts as Mozart’s Requiem turned into a megaphone for God’s truth.

It was a rare family excursion to the Bowl for my family on August 24th and our first encounter with Venezuela-born Dudamel, 36, described by L.A. Times Music Critic Mark Swed as “the most accomplished musician of his generation.”

We arrived early, bought picnic dinners, and happened to sit at a table with two Jewish couples that were bright and engaging, steeped in L.A. culture. One of the couples emigrated from Iran during the revolution.

As we sat talking before the performance began, I wondered to myself how it might be possible to plant a seed of truth in their hearts. Little did I know the answer would come soon in an unexpected way. FULL POST

Posted 9/8/17 at 2:19 PM | Mark Ellis

A God of inches and seconds saved couple in freeway plane crash

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Fireball on the 405 Freeway next to John Wayne Airport June 30, 2017 after the Pisano's plane crashed

By Mark Ellis

Shortly after takeoff from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, pilot Frank Pisano heard a sputtering sound in his right engine. Then the engine went dead. His wife Janan was sitting next to him and didn’t hear the sound through her headphones, but she heard his anguished cry to air traffic controllers: “Mayday!”

In their brief, four-minute flight, and the horrific fireball that consumed the plane after they crashed on the 405 Freeway, God displayed his awesome power to save their lives in a cascading series of intricately timed and perfectly sequenced miracles.

They took off at 9:30 a.m. on Friday June 30, 2017, the start of an extended Fourth of July holiday for many other travelers plying the busy freeway situated next to the airport. The Pisanos intended to fly to Scottsdale for a three-day vacation. FULL POST

Posted 9/5/17 at 1:53 PM | Mark Ellis

God miraculously healed him of Lyme disease

Dominic Sputo

By Mark Ellis

He was a young deadbeat dad with multiple DUIs and a mountain of credit card debt. But God saw fit to save him and ultimately perform a huge medical miracle after a significant course correction on his spiritual path.

“I had a really depraved background,” confesses Dominic Sputo, the founder of Mute No More. “I had never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I had never read the Bible.”

On his last day of college, he discovered he had a three-year-old daughter. He knew the child was his, but decided to flee from his fatherly responsibilities.

He landed a decent white-collar job after graduation. At the same time, however, he nurtured a drug and alcohol problem that got more severe with time.

“After five years of running away from her my life was a train wreck,” he admits. At 28-years-old, he had multiple DUIs and the installment payments on his credit card were more than his monthly paycheck. FULL POST

Posted 8/21/17 at 2:58 PM | Mark Ellis

The unusual Bible correlations to ‘The Great American Eclipse’

By Mark Ellis

Bible statisticians can often produce a dizzying array of facts and figures which they attempt to link to prophetic events. The great American eclipse of 2017 is no exception, with number crunchers working overtime to produce some highly unusual connections with the Scripture.

Because the United States is in such a turbulent political season, with existential threats rising around the world, some will wonder if the solar eclipse portends some dramatic event in the offing.

Immediately prior to the return of the Lord, the Book of Luke notes, “There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.” (Luke 21:25)

The August 21st eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse whose path of totality stays completely within the United States since the nation’s founding in 1776, according to Space.com. FULL POST

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